Address: 193 Gore Creek Drive, Vail in the Vail Village
This unique, rustic little spot in the Vail Village brings an innovative style to the dinner table: ancient cooking techniques highlighted by an open wood fire. Your choice from the menu will be prepared in front of you via primitive cooking methods—delivering a delicious, nutritious, and engaging dining experience. This restaurant blends first-class with casual dining and no-fuss but efficient service. Its creek-side location plays well into the natural, raw atmosphere, and gives you lovely scenery in which you can enjoy your lunch or dinner. It’s an ideal spot to retreat to after a long, hard, fun day of skiing. It’s a place where you can enjoy hand-made, naturally crafted foods you won’t find just anywhere.
What They’re Known for: At the Mountain Standard, you’ll find great food coupled with a first-class bar scene. Visitors rave about the wine selection and overall quality of alcoholic beverage choices. If a calm ambience, comfort, good drinks, and a touch of nature is what you’re looking for after skiing, this might be the place for you. Along with drinks, you can enjoy unique appetizers and entrees, including kale salad, mushroom appetizers and shrimp and grits.
What to Watch for: It’s a popular spot, so you might expect it to be a bit crowded. You might also find this location to be a bit noisy or hurried, especially during its busiest hours of business. The natural, calm ambience has the potential to be thwarted by the popularity of the restaurant. On the other hand, this might be as much a positive depending on the vibe of your group.